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Benni McCarthy does not feel the public has lost interest in South African football

Posted: 7 October 2017 Time: 14:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy does not feel the public has lost interest in South African football amid reports of slow tickets sales for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier with Burkina Faso.

Bafana Bafana will host the Stallions at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon needing a win to keep alive their hopes of booking a spot at Russia 2018.

Stuart Baxter's side are bottom of Group D with a point from three games – five points shy of the Burkinabe and Cape Verde, who have both played an extra match. Senegal have five points from three matches.

McCarthy, Bafana's record scorer with 31 goals, doubts the masses have lost faith in the national team.

"I disagree with that because my recent memory of South African football and the public was just on Saturday that I experienced when Cape Town City played Ajax Cape Town. The whole bottom part of the stadium was full," McCarthy said, referring to his side's 2-0 derby win over Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium.

"And that for me is not saying that the public and South Africans have lost faith in our football. No, it's to the contrary.

"Of course the national team have had a slump but they'll bounce back, as does every good nation. When you are boxer, when you get punched, you get knocked down, you get yourself back up and you fight harder.

"At the end of the day, the more you want it the more you become victorious. That's what Bafana have to do."

He added: "They must pick themselves up and just work towards beating Burkina Faso on Saturday. And then they play the replay and beat Senegal again fair and square, so nobody can complain about any referees being suspended. I think they will be back on the right track again."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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